CAAWS Builds on Strength with New Board Directors, Chair and Vice Chair
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity – CAAWS is excited to welcome three new members to its dynamic Board of Directors! Althea Arsenault, Bill Cooper, and Deidra Dionne have joined the CAAWS board for a two-year term that started in September. CAAWS is delighted to have these three impressive individuals on the board team – the invaluable additions of strategic innovation, revenue generation, and legal expertise will be an asset to the organization and its capacity for impact.
Althea Arsenault is the Manager of Resource Development with the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, a Crown Corporation which focuses on the provincial poverty reduction plan. Althea has spent the last 25 years managing non-profits in sports, universities, hospitals and government and is President, Coach Coordinator and National Technical Official for Triathlon New Brunswick.
In his current capacity of Chief Operating Partner of TTG Canada, Bill Cooper has worked extensively within the Canadian sport sector inclusive of current clients Rugby Canada and Canada Basketball. He was previously the Director of Commercial Rights for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bill also sits on the national Board of the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada as Chair of the Vancouver chapter.
Deidra Dionne is a two-time Olympian and the 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Freestyle Skiing, Aerials. After retiring from active competition in 2009 with 11 World Cup medals, Deidra earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa. Currently, Deidra is Director, Business Affairs with Sportsnet and sits on the 2019 Red Deer Canada Games Host Society Board of Governors.
“We are thrilled to have Althea, Bill, and Deidra on our board and know they will be instrumental in guiding our organization forward,” said Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO. “Their expertise will help us in delivering on our ambitious strategic plan and their election demonstrates the momentum we’ve gained as we expand the reach and ambitions of our organization.”
CAAWS is also pleased to announce that Nathalie Cook has assumed the role of Chair and Tanya Mruck is the new Vice Chair. Nathalie has served on the CAAWS board for the last 4 years and is President of Cimoroni & Company, a sport and entertainment group that provides executive level selling and strategic planning to a diverse portfolio of clients. Tanya is a sports and social responsibility strategist, currently the Executive Director of MLSE Launchpad, and recently named a winner of Canadian Sport Business’s #5toWatch award.
“Conditions have never been better for advancing real change for women and sport. Having the right team in place—a Board of Directors composed of skilled, diverse, passionate champions for gender equity—is key to CAAWS’s success in leading this movement,” said Nathalie Cook, the newly-elected Board Chair. “We are thrilled to welcome Althea, Bill and Deidra and look forward to their contributions.”
Althea, Bill, and Deidra will be joining Nathalie and Tanya as well as current Board Members Cheri Bradish, Rochelle Grayson, Leanne Nicolle, and Rebecca Shanks.
CAAWS would like to recognize the invaluable contributions of two retiring board members: Sandip Lalli, who ended her term as Chair; and Jennifer Fenton, who wrapped up her term as Past-Chair. Both demonstrated an exceptional commitment to CAAWS and its mission over the course of their board service. The organization is well positioned to continue to grow in influence and capacity over the next few years thanks to their strategic leadership and hard work.
CAAWS is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women—as active participants and leaders—within and through sport. With a focus on systemic change, we partner with governments, organizations and leaders to challenge the status quo and to advance solutions that result in measurable change.
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